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Sundance announces global short-film challenge

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:26pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Sundance Institute is announcing a new element to the Sundance Film Festival: A global call for short films about overcoming poverty and hunger.

'Ride Along' arrives in top position at box office

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:03pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Ride Along" sped past box office records.

Soap opera suicide storyline draws praise, concern

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 1:16pm

LONDON (AP) — It was one of the gentlest deaths in soap-opera history, but it has provoked a strong reaction in Britain.

Kurt Russell remembers Paul Walker at Sundance

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:06am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Calling his late castmate Paul Walker "a terrific guy," Kurt Russell says he's not sure what will happen with his role in the latest "Fast & Furious" movie.

Robots, videogame, animation, tweets- a new take on Tate Britain

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:54am

By Jane Baird LONDON (Reuters) - As museums worldwide strive to draw in young people, Tate Britain could place itself at the cutting edge with a project for Internet viewers to drive robots around its galleries at weekends, shining lights and cameras on artworks that loom out of the dark. "We wanted ways to use technology to increase our audience reach and new ways to connect people with art," said Jane Burton, the Tate's head of creative content.

Angelina Jolie shows her darker side in "Maleficent" trailer

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:51am

It's Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" from the perspective of the villain, with Angelina Jolie playing the part of the big baddie herself. This new 1m30s trailer borrows imagery from the 1959 original animated feature, cementing Maleficent's status as the Mistress of All Evil. And where Princess Aurora benefits from her fairy godmothers' blessing, Maleficent has a darker secret to share. Accordingly, the main attraction will always be Angelina Jolie as a terrible witch, resplendant in period dress suited to the surrounding gothic architecture, while Elle Fanning is presented as the innocent Aurora.

Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel to headline 'The Tale of Tales'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:10am

The two actors have joined the cast of a forthcoming fantasy film from Italian director Matteo Garrone, according to Variety. Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek will share the screen with French actor Vincent Cassel in this adaptation of three Italian fairy tales from Giambattista Basile's "Lo cunto de li cunti." The English-language feature is positioned to bring a modern perspective to the 17th-century stories. Italian director Matteo Garrone will begin shooting "The Tale of Tales" this spring in his home country.

Trailer: Eva Green opposes Sullivan Stapleton in '300: Rise of an Empire'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 7:54am

The two actors become Artemisia and Themistokles in a popular epic that will extend the success of "300" (2007), based on the Frank Miller graphic novel. This third trailer for "300: Rise of an Empire" focuses on the rivalry between the Persian, Artemisia, and Athenian, Themistokles, after the defeat of Spartan king Leonidas as related in the previous film. Directed by Noam Murro ("Smart People," 2008), the feature film is expected to premiere on March 7 (a day or two earlier in some European and South East Asian countries) and will focus on the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BC, utilizing a host of digital effects.

Selena Gomez finds solace at Sundance

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 5:54am
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Selena Gomez says working on her film "Rudderless" that's debuting at Sundance — and even dodging paparazzi at the indie film festival — has been an escape from "the everyday madness that I've got to go through."

Lindsay Lohan at Sundance to announce new film

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:40am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — With a film crew capturing every moment, Lindsay Lohan made a high-profile debut at the Sundance Film Festival, announcing a new film and a "fresh start."

Anne Hathaway dismisses report of near drowning

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 8:04pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Don't worry, Anne Hathaway is OK.

Sundance, Women in Film study female filmmakers

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:20pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles finds that female filmmakers who participate in the institute's feature and documentary development labs succeed in equal numbers to men.

Commemorations ask what would Martin Luther King Jr. do in 2014?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:34pm

(Reuters) - Visions of what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would do to promote civil rights in 2014, had he not been slain decades ago, marked speeches and commemorations held across the country to honor his memory on Monday. Recalling King's famous "I Have a Dream," speech, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the late civil rights leader would want school children to hear it as a call to stay in school and become educated to better the world. "We need to swap the lesson plan for a dream plan," Reed told a crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church gathered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. He said King would want children to hear: "You are not going to school just to study math, you're going to school to be somebody." In New York City, newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who swept into office promising broader opportunities for poorer residents, said at a tribute: "Dr. King would tell us we can't wait" to bring income equality to New Yorkers.

Sandusky's son takes part in film on Penn St. case

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:19pm

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is participating in a documentary about his father's sexual-abuse case.

Producers pick '12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity'

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:06pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honor has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards. Sunday night, Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity" tied for the guild's highest honor.

Branagh: From Shakespeare to 'Shadow Recruit'

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 1:20pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kenneth Branagh's role as a director began with the story of a valiant king.

De Niro honors late father with documentary

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:49pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Creativity runs in the De Niro family.

Miles Teller offered role of Dan Aykroyd in Belushi movie

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:15pm

Miles Teller's involvement in the John Belushi biopic was spilled at a Creative Coalition event, with co-star Emile Hirsch breaking the news.

PBS' 'Salinger' has more on war, teen relationship

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:08pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After making headlines with his book and movie about J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno is ready for his final stop: the director's cut on PBS.

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube atop worldwide box office

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 7:19am

The comedy "Ride Along" took the place of Disney’s "Frozen" as the highest-grossing film of the weekend ending January 19, according to Rentrak’s worldwide box office data.